If you haven't heard already, tight end Jake Golic became Notre Dame's first commitment of the Class of 2009 on Saturday, accepting the Irish scholarship offer on the spot. You can read about Jake's commitment in Sunday's Journal Gazette -- and you can read some here about the third Golic in the family to be Notre Dame's first commitment for a recruiting class, joining Mike Sr. (1981) and Mike Jr. (2008).
Here's some more from Jake:
JAKE GOLIC ON WHETHER THERE WAS MORE PRESSURE AFTER HIS BROTHER COMMITTED LAST YEAR:
"Ultimately it would be my decision in the end but I knew that was the place to be. There was some pressure there, like, oh, if I go somewhere else I'd be the Black Sheep Golic but I knew that I was going to work my hardest to get into Notre Dame and it all worked out."
JG ON HIS PLAY:
"I would say my biggest asset is just being aggressive and blocking and all that. I have good hands but I say the biggest asset would be the aggressiveness and going 100 percent.
"I feel, once I get my weight up, which is about 220 now, I think they are just about equal. I would like to be at about 235, 240 would be a good weight to come in at."
JG ON WAITING FOR OFFERS:
"I wasn't waiting for offers. I was waiting for Notre Dame the whole time. I couldn't really care what happened besides that. I was just waiting for Notre Dame to come."
JG ON BEING THE FIRST COMMIT:
"It wasn't the most important thing ever, I just wanted to end up there. But it's special being the first commit, without a doubt."
We also spoke to ESPN radio personality and former Notre Dame defensive lineman Mike Golic Sr. Here's some of what he had to say.
MIKE GOLIC SR. ON HIS EMOTIONS TODAY:
"Well, obviously I couldn't be more proud. I know, even though we went through this last year, with a different kid it's different emotions and they have different personalities and feelings. It's still incredibly exciting. Again, not because he's going to my alma mater but because it's where he wanted to go. He was living his dream and this is where he wanted to go. It was a different road. I don't know what he told you. With Mike, as soon as he committed he was ready to go, his grades were fine. With Jake, that was the issue. It wasn't Jake's football. He had 30, 32 teams interested in Jake. They all wanted him. But with Notre Dame, he had to improve his grades."
MGS ON HIS SON BEING THE FIRST COMMIT:
"With Jake, certainly that was out there, everyone knew that Mike was and that I was and the question was would Jake be. But then, with the issue being started talking about with the grades, Jake was like 'I don't care if I am first or not. I just want to get in a position where they can offer me. So I need to bust my hump, get grades going and do what I need to do.' I think he always wanted to be the first commit but for a while it was pushed back to 'OK, let's just make sure I'm going to be offered.' Once that happened, then certainly when you're hoping you're getting offered, you're hoping no one would commit so I could still be the first one. He was really happy to, I guess, be a part of that pretty exclusive club in our family."
MGS ON ANY OTHER KIDS:
"Actually, funny you should ask. My daughter Sydney, she's 13 and she's a swimmer and a really good swimmer. She was 12 and was ranked nationally in the backstroke. She's really, really an excellent swimmer and sure enough, she would love to swim at Notre Dame. Now what we did with Mike and Jake, she's seen what they've gone through and we'll tell her the same thing, that she'll have to work hard. She's an excellent student and she has that dream as well. It's not just the boys in the house."
Charlie Weis cannot speak about this class of recruits until National Signing Day in February.
-By Michael Rothstein of The Journal Gazette